Bridget Todd

Political strategist, educator, writer and community organizer

My writing on race, politics, and culture has appeared at the Atlantic, the Huffington Post, the Boston Review, Jezebel, BuzzFeed, and several other outlets. My work organizing digital trainings for progressive political organizers and activists has been covered by the Washington Post. I spent the last year working with political writers at Medium.com.

Previously, I taught courses on writing and social justice full time at Howard University.

United States of America

Portfolio

Boston Review

Bridget Todd responds to Robin Kelley

If students do not feel respected, they are right to take their own spaces. Many years ago as a black undergraduate at a mostly white university in the South, I successfully...

The Atlantic

Does Anything Go? The Rise and Fall of a Racist Corner of Reddit

If you're the type of person who reads blogs on the Internet, you're probably already familiar with Reddit. The online community driven by user-submitted content made headlines...

MSNBC

Bulletproof vests for kids?

In a lot of ways, it looks like your typical advertisement for a children's item. Only this little boy isn't advertising toys or candy. He's advertising bulletproof vests, and...

The Establishment

Donald Trump's America Doesn't Care About Black Women

I was writing about race and politics for my college newspaper when Don Imus called the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy headed hoes." "What did those girls ever do to...

Jezebel

Does Occupy Support People Who Aren't White?

People often tell me that I don't look like your average Occupy protestor. I was initially drawn to the Occupy movement for several reasons. As an educator, anything that gets...

MSNBC

Celebrities speak out and stay silent on Eric Garner

In the opening sample of Kanye West's 2013 hit song "Blood on the Leaves", Nina Simone sings, "Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees. Blood on the leaves." In the original...

BuzzFeed

Can Transformative Justice Stop Rape?

Gary Reyes/San Jose Mercury News/__username__ An image of Audrie Pott a news conference in April. Back in September, fifteen-year-old Audrie Pott took her own life after she was...

Genprogress

To be Young, Black and Voting

VOICES This article is part of our campaign on Voting Rights. Check out more reporting, research, and actions on Voting Rights → In 2008, young people-particularly those of...

Talking Points Memo

What We Talk About When We Talk About 'This Town'

Hey, Sam Youngman. It's me, someone living in D.C. who eats, sleeps, and breathes American politics for a living. I'm taking a break from having my own opinions validated on...

Forharriet

The Search For Sage Smith: Black Victims and Media Neglect

You probably haven't heard much about Sage Smith. Dashaad "Sage" Smith went missing in Charlottesville, Virginia. The day Smith disappeared, she told her father that she was...